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... walking today, and as Mary and Sonja (ankles swelling up) were feeling the effects of the heat, Joseph arranged for us to hire two wheelchairs. This proved to be of great benefit to all in comfort for the girls, in the terrain we were able to cover and in best use of time. Greg and David pushed them around for most of the day. Joseph gave full explanations of Tiananmen Square. It's huge. We looked at the gates to the original city wall, the mausoleum ...
... wall even through that dense fog. The view must be more incredible on a clear day!
Okay, you might ask why am I climbing the ladders... weeeeell, because I am on the wild section of the wall, the unrestored part of the wall. We have no clue where the restored or tourist part of the wall is, but if we stay on the wall we should soon get there, right?
... as it sounds!
The evening was better. We met up with my Dad, who happened to be in Beijing for a few days. He had been invited to a Chinese New Year party, and we were invited too. Great fun, although we weren't expecting to be asked whether we would, like everyone else, perform a song, dance or theatre act on the stage...We managed to avoid it - but did have a good time watching the other performances: some songs, an excellent pianist, a Chinese comedy ...
... that toppled me. Still, I was able to finish the walk.
Everyone except Katie and I road a tobaggan down from the wall. They loved it, but did not get to go fast enough due to someone taking pictures the whole way down. Yet, not one of them got a picture of the ride. Interesting.
The ride home was via a different route, It was up and down the mountains. Felt like the trip down the Sierra Madres in Yosemite. But, ...
... for a 'comfort break'.(We thought by hiring a private taxi for the day we would avoid being herded into such factory-type outlets). Alas no! Admittedly they had a very slick operation and it was fascinating to see how they cut and polished the jade. This was all of course a pre- amble for what was to follow....surprise surprise we were led into a huge showroom! Where the 'very nice lady' who showed us around saw Riona as a possible punter (places like this thrive off people ...